(HealthDay News) -- Heartworm is a deadly disease that can strike your dog, cat or ferret after the bite of an infected mosquito.
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The good news is that it's preventable with medication.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests giving your pet heartworm medicine year-round.
The FDA also recommends that you:
- Talk to your veterinarian about testing your pet for heartworm.
- Ask the vet which type of medication is best for your pet.
- Do not buy heartworm medication from any website that will dispense the medicine without a prescription.
- Report any side effects of pet medicine to your vet and the drug company that produced the medication.
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